The University of Maryland School of Law Business Law Program is sponsoring a guided path of study for students who are interested in business law. The Business Law Track will expose students to core substantive courses in business law and socialize them to the business community and business law practice through experiences such as Business Law Boot Camp, Business 101 and one-on-one mentoring with faculty and practitioners involved with the Business Law Program. The Business Law Program will work closely with students pursuing the Business Law Track to develop and market their transactional and counseling skills. Upon successfully completing the Business Law Track, students will receive an individualized Letter of Completion from the Program's Co-Directors to accompany their transcripts, which will highlight the student's unique transactional skill set and personal attributes that make the student well-suited for a business law related career.
Students are not required to pre-commit to the Business Law Track. Rather, students who are interested in pursuing the Business Law Track should enroll in Business 101 and participate in the Business Law Boot Camp as soon as practicable. These two experiences inform and enhance the other components of the Business Law Track. Any student who plans to participate in the Business Law Track should submit an expression of interest form by November 1 in the fall or April 1 in the spring. The expression of interest allows the Business Law Program to work with those students and help counsel them in the election of courses, career planning, etc. Students will formally elect the Business Law Track upon completing the requirements and requesting a Letter of Completion.
Students must satisfy the following to complete the Business Law Track successfully and receive a Letter of Completion:
The Business Law Program requires the following course work.
Total credits: minimum 14, unless Business 101 has been properly waived
GPA Requirement: must obtain an average GPA of at least 3.25 in Core Courses
In addition to the Core Courses, the Business Law Program believes that students focused on business law should be exposed to courses in at least two areas of competency that enhance a business lawyer's skill set—International and Commercial Law. Students must select at least one course from each of these areas, which may also satisfy a student's clinical and Cardin requirement.
Total credits: minimum 4
Students choosing to pursue the Business Law Track will be required to enroll in Business Law Boot Camp at the beginning of either their second or third year of law school. This course introduces students to the practice of business law and what it means to be a business or commercial law lawyer. Students will learn about the basics of transactional work and some aspects of commercial litigation, as well as key business and financial concepts that business law students need in their skill set. The substantive sessions will be co-taught by faculty and practitioners and business executives.
It is highly recommended that students interested in the Business Law Program sequence their course work according to the following schedule.
The Business Law Program recommends these courses and clinics for students who want to expand their course work beyond the Core Course and Additional Coursework Requirements.
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